John Clayton

John Clayton
John Clayton is hosting a new weekday show from 10 to noon and writing columns for as part of his expanded role at 710 ESPN Seattle. Clayton also hosts his own Saturday morning show and appears each weekday on "Brock and Salk" as well as "Danny, Dave and Moore." Nicknamed "The Professor" for his wealth of football knowledge, Clayton has been covering the NFL for more than four decades, starting as a high-schooler in 1972 for the Daily Press in St. Marys, Pa. He joined The Pittsburgh Press in 1976, moved to The News Tribune in 1986 and joined ESPN full time in 1998 as a senior NFL writer and commentator. In 2007, Clayton was inducted into the writers' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter @ClaytonESPN

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John Clayton expects Seattle to bring in a veteran quarterback before OTAs begin in May. (AP)
Clayton: Trevone Boykin’s arrest will push Seahawks into the QB market
John Clayton | March 29, 2017 5:00 am

The Seahawks may have planned on signing a veteran backup quarterback anyway, but Trevone Boykin’s latest ill-timed incident guarantees it, writes John Clayton.

The addition of Eddie Lacy may not leave a spot in Seattle's backfield for Alex Collins. (AP)
Clayton: Seahawks’ winners and losers from the first two weeks of free agency
John Clayton | March 24, 2017 6:01 am

No one expected the Seahawks to be this active in free agency. A team that believes in building through the draft, the Seahawks have eaten up close to $17 million of cap room by signing seven players to one-year deals as of Thursday afternoon. They were also able to re-sign tight end Luke Willson and […]

A big question about Marshawn Lynch's potential NFL return is how much money he could be looking for. (AP)
Clayton: Marshawn Lynch has everyone guessing, but NFL return wouldn’t be easy for Beast Mode
John Clayton | March 22, 2017 6:00 am

The thought of Marshawn Lynch returning to the NFL, most likely with the Oakland Raiders, is definitely real, but a lot of things need to be figured out before anything could happen.

The Seahawks could be comparing other linebackers with Mike Morgan, who is a free agent. (AP)
Clayton: After adding to offense in first phase of free agency, focus for Seahawks shifts to defense
John Clayton | March 17, 2017 6:00 am

What is next for the Seahawks in free agency after signing Eddie Lacy and Luke Joeckel? John Clayton maps out the areas of interest left for Seattle.

The Seahawks will want Eddie Lacy to play in the 240-250 pound range in 2017, according to John Clayton. (AP)
Clayton: With Eddie Lacy, Seahawks looking to revive power run game
John Clayton | March 15, 2017 11:06 am

Eddie Lacy may not have been the best running back on the free agent market, but he was the biggest. For what Pete Carroll needed, bigger was better. To go back to the style of running that made the Seahawks a perennial Super Bowl contender, he needed the bigger back. Big worked for him at […]

John Clayton says Seattle would've paid T.J. Lang $8 million a year. He got $9.5 million from Detroit. (AP)
Clayton: Thoughts on Joeckel, Lang, Shead and the Seahawks as the first wave of free agency winds down
John Clayton | March 13, 2017 11:06 am

With the first wave of free agency concluding, John Clayton looks at the Seahawks’ signing of Luke Joeckel, their bid for T.J. Lang and their decision to not tender DeShawn Shead.

The Seahawks could have a shot to take UW safety Budda Baker in the first two rounds of the draft. (AP)
Clayton: With a deep secondary class, Seahawks could add some Huskies in NFL Draft
John Clayton | March 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Seahawks picked the right year to need to add secondary depth through the draft, and that could mean UW stars like Budda Baker or Kevin King could end up staying in Seattle.

"He should grow more than anybody can possibly grow,’’ Pete Carroll said of George Fant. (AP)
Clayton: Five things we learned about the Seahawks at the combine
John Clayton | March 6, 2017 11:20 am

John Clayton shares five Seahawks takeaways from the scouting combine, including his thoughts about Seattle adding an offensive lineman or two in free agency.

At 6 feet 1 and 196 pounds, Alabama's Marlon Humphrey has the size the Seahawks like at cornerback. (AP)
Clayton: 10 players the Seahawks should watch at the combine
John Clayton | March 2, 2017 10:51 am

This year’s draft is deep at positions that align with some of the Seahawks’ needs. Here are 10 players they might want to pay close attention to at the scouting combine.

Adrian Peterson turns 32 in March and is likely to be released if he doesn't take a pay-cut with the Vikings, who will owe him $18 million in 2017. ESPN's Bill Barnwell thinks Seattle should consider him if the price is right. (AP)
Clayton on five possible Seahawks moves: No sense in spending big on Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles
John Clayton | February 24, 2017 6:05 am

John Clayton writes about the possibility of the Seahawks going after Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles in free agency, contending that it would only make sense at a significantly reduced price.